Managing Water in Wall Systems with Brick

Water penetration causes more damage to wall systems than any other factor. In this presentation we will learn to design wall systems with brick and other masonry veneers to build a redundant system to prevent water penetration.

  • Learn how to build an effective air barrier.
  • Learn where air barriers fail and how to prevent those failures.
  • Understand the difference between drainage walls and “rain screen” walls and how they perform.
  • Learn now to build an effective water management with adhered veneer systems.

Introduction to Thin Brick

Today’s building designers are rapidly increasing the use of adhered cladding systems and materials. Thin brick is becoming a popular adhered cladding material and as a result many brick manufacturers are beginning to produce more thin brick. This presentation is an introduction to thin brick, its characteristics, installation methods and common uses.

Sustainable Brick Masonry

Brick is a material that has been used for thousands of years and is a natural fit for today’s sustainable designs. Brick also looks ahead with surprisingly low embodied energy. Attendees will learn what features of brick fit in with sustainable design practices, including regional materials, very low construction waste, ease of recycling, zero emissions, and even considerable energy savings in a complete wall assembly.

Brick Veneer with Steel Stud Backup

A thorough discussion of the proper design and detailing of brick veneer with steel stud backup. Important information regarding deflection criteria, flashing and drainage, anchors, sheathing, and moisture control are included. Building code requirements for this wall system are also covered.

  • Understand recommended maximum deflections for steel studs.
  • Learn code requirements for veneer anchors and screws.
  • Learn how to design the wall system for adequate drainage.
  • Learn code requirements to support vertical loads of brick on building frame,

Differential Movement and Expansion Joints in Brick Veneer

An illustrated discussion of the construction and function of brick veneer expansion joints. Thermal and moisture responses of brick and other building materials can lead to differential movement. The difference between concrete masonry control joints and brick expansion joints is emphasized. Examples of cracks and other distress caused by incorrect expansion joint placement clearly illustrate the importance of proper joint placement. We conclude with practical guides and rules for where expansion joints should be placed in brick veneer.

Commercial Brick Workmanship

A good review of inspection of brick masonry during construction is essential to ensure that construction conforms to the design. Key inspection items are shown, including proper flashing materials and installation, proper mixing and placing of mortar, joint tooling, brick anchors, and covering walls during construction. Cleaning and prevention of water-related staining are addressed, as well as cold and hot weather construction.

ASTM Specifications for Brick and Mortar

A thorough review of ASTM specifications for brick and mortar, emphasizing important properties of each that contribute to the exceptional durability of brick masonry construction. Includes recent trends in manufacturing that reduce the environmental impact of brick masonry. Reviews mortar types and formulations recommended for maximum durability and resistance to water penetration.